Serenity #912255

Mixed Media on Canvas

Image Size 31 x 31

Serenity #911488

Mixed Media on Panel
Image Size 9 x 7

Serenity #911495

Mixed Media on Panel
Image Size 8 x 9

Serenity #911480

Mixed Media on Canvas
Image Size 36 x 48

Serenity #911489

Mixed Media on Panel
Image Size 9 x 7

Serenity #911496

Mixed Media on Panel
Image Size 8 x 9

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1952-1967 The education that Raya received during her formative years in Ann Arbor, Michigan was exceptional, especially in the field of art. Her inspiration and desire for a life of creative expression were seeded during this time. The creativity and encouragement of Raya's parents also contributed to her development in the arts.

1968-1979 During her mid-teens Raya studied privately with Jack Cartlidge, a renowned sculptor and professor of art at New College in Sarasota, Florida. During her apprenticeship under him she created life sized human sculptures made with cement. Because of his belief in her artistic abilities, Mr. Cartlidge encouraged Raya to find her own style and technique through any avenue available to her. When she was 18 years old and living on her own in San Francisco she began designing and producing jewelry to support herself. This continued to be a medium that she enjoyed and found recognition in for many years.

1980-1983 While living in Mendocino, California, Raya discovered her talent and interest in printmaking. Her love of this medium led her to 3 years of study under the direction of Robert Rhodes, an instructor at the College of the Redwoods. This education laid a solid technical foundation for the work she later produced.

1984-1985 After moving to Phoenix, Arizona, Raya worked for Accent Graphics, a division of Phoenix Art Press, designing art as well as managing their etching department. During this time more than 60 of her print designs were published in limited editions of 200 each and were distributed nationally.

1986-1990 Raya's ongoing involvement in jewelry lead her to Circle Fine Art Corp. (CFA), Scottsdale, Arizona in 1987 where she designed jewelry for various artists, notably "Erte". During her two years with CFA, 50 of the 70 designs Raya drew for the "Erte Art to Wear, The Complete Jewelry" published by Dutton Studio Books in 1991. Many of these designs were fabricated in limited editions and sold.

1990-Present After leaving CFA Raya continued jewelry designing and model making on a freelance basis for various jewelry manufacturing companies in the U.S. Raya believes that her recent works reflect greater personal vision and philosophy that continues to evolve through her work. This is confirming by the favorable reception her work now is receiving.

Exhibits of Raya's Work:

Art Expo, New York, NY Art Expo, Las Angeles, CA High Point, North Carolina Fine Art Enterprises, Tampa, FL Diversified Art, Tucson, AZ Art Expo, Las Vegas, NV Helen Voehl Gallery, Wickenburg, AZ Jackie Lee Art, Taipei, Taiwan

Collections of Raya's Art Work:

1st Interstate Bank, Denver, CO 1st Interstate Bank, Phoenix, AZ Jaberg and Wilk Law Offices, Phoenix, AZ Geisler Corporation, Chandler, AZ Point Hilton South Mountain, Phoenix, AZ Monterey Homes Model Suites, Scottsdale, AZ Mid American Energy, Des Moines, IA IES Industries, Cedar Rapids, IA

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